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Music of Renaissance Peru, Bolivia & Chile in Philadelphia, PA

May 19 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm EDT


Celebrate the flowering of spring Entre dos Álamos, “between two poplars!”

This evocative phrase, the title of our concert, is from Juan Blas de Castro’s setting of a lyrical fragment from Lope de Vega’s novel Las fortunas de Diana. In this tale, the envious river Tagus tries to separate two lovers, just awakened by the arrival of the new season.  It’s one example of the magnificent music from 16th and 17th century Peru, Bolivia, and Chile that Piffaro’s virtuosic multi-instrumentalists and a stellar cast of singers – sopranos Nell Snaidas and Estelí Gomez, alto Kirsten Sollek, tenor Jonatan Alvarado (a special guest from Argentina by way of the Netherlands), and bass-baritone Andrew Padgett will bring back to life. 

Jonatan Alvarado performs A cierto galán su dama from the Codex Zuola

The European wind instruments that arrived in South America with Spanish settlers in the early 16th century were quickly mastered by the indigenous musicians of the region, who incorporated shawms, dulcians, and sackbuts into their own musical culture as well as becoming proficient performers and composers of European polyphony. The subsequent two centuries produced a body of work unsurpassed in its magnificence – work that Piffaro, with its unrivaled collection of meticulously reconstructed period instruments, is uniquely suited to presenting.

Listen to Piffaro perform Versos al organo con duo para chirimias, Manuel Blasco, Ecuador (c. 1684)

This concert is supported by grants from The Paul M. Angell Family Foundation and The Musical Fund Society of Philadelphia.


  • Dime Pedro por tu vida from Codex Zuola
  • Cachua Serranita from Codex Trujillo of Peru
  • Francisco Guerrero’s Beatus vir (performed at Vespers services at Lima Cathedral)
  • Cristóbal de Belsayaga’s Magnificat (one of the first pieces of polychoral music written in South America)
  • and much more!

Safety & Accessibility

  • Masks are encouraged but not required; a mask-only seating section will be provided.
  • The Cathedral is wheelchair accessible.
  • Please contact us in advance for large-print programs: 215-235-8469 or
  • Free parking is available in the lot across the street.
  • Free escort service is provided to bus and train stops by University City District. Call 215-387-3942.


May 19
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm EDT
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Priscilla Herreid, Grant Herreid, Greg Ingles, Erik Schmalz, Heloise Degrugillier, Stephanie Corwin, Dan Swenberg, Danny Mallon, Jonatan Alvarado, Nell Snaidas, Kirsten Sollek, Esteli Gomez, Andrew Padgett


Philadelphia Episcopal Cathedral
23 South 28th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104 United States
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